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Bluebird in my Garden

by: ursula wollenberg
May 18, 2017

Bluebird in my Garden

A bluebird is a reminder that happiness and fulfillment are well within reach. 

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cerulean Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Sap Green
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
  • 12" by 6" Wooden Board
  • Archival Ink Pad - Green
  • Swirl Stamp
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Palette Knife
  • Paper Collage Pieces

Instructions :

Base coat board with Raw Sienna. When dry, apply a generous coat of White Crackle paste to the surface. Allow to dry.

Using Matte Medium, apply any art paper you choose, underneath the flowers. This creates some depth behind the flowers, grounding them. Add chosen word as well.
Stamp swirls around background with the Archival Ink Pad. 

Bird and Branch: Lightly sketch on bird and branch. Apply a layer Cerulean Blue to head and body. Raw Sienna to tummy and branch. Add a small amount of Cerulean Blue to the bottom of the branch, under the bird. Shade the bird with Prussian Blue Hue. Add Titanium Whit highlights while most. Apply a wash of Primary Yellow to brighten tummy and follow with Quinacridone Burnt Orange shading. Darken Shading with a small amount of Burnt Umber. Highlight with Titanium White.

Finish branches with shading of Burnt Umber, leaving some white areas exposed. 

Apply Raw Sienna to the center of each flower. Add one or two layers of Modeling Paste to each flower petal. Apply stems with Sap Green. 

When flowers are dry, apply brush mix of Titanium White and Titan Buff to each petal, repeat. When dry, shade Burnt Umber around each center. Tap on a small amount of Primary Yellow to a few petals. In each center, dot in the following - Quinacridone Red, Burnt Umber and Titanium White. 

Apply cut out leaves and apply to stem, using the Matte Medium. Brush on a few leaves to the bottom of the large branch with Sap Green.

Shade Prussian Blue Hue in and around the entire piece. When dry, apply Raw Umber Antiquing cream around edges of the board.

Spray with American Matte Sealer Enjoy! 

Be sure to visit Light Lovely Designs by Ursula for more projects and to learn more about ursula wollenberg.


The muted colors and grungy textures make this a BEAUTIFUL RUSTIC and FREE piece of artwork. Thank you Ursula for your inspiration. Xj.


May 18, 2017

This is a beautiful piece of art. It's so peaceful and tranquil. Great job! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Maryann Allen

May 26, 2017

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